70 CONNECTION BETWEEN CHRIST AND KE1SHIA IMAGINARY. authoritative exponent of Yaishnava tenets, has attempted to point out that it contains many coincidences with and references to the New Testament. As Dr. Muir has very justly observed, there is, no doubt a general resemblance between the manner in which Krishna asserts his own divine nature, enjoins devotion to his person and sets forth the Messing which will result to his votaries from such worship on the one hand, and the language of the fourth Gospel on the other. But the immediate introduction of the Bible into the explanation of the Bhagavad Gita is at least premature. For though some of the parallels are curious, the ethics and the religion of different peoples are not so different from one mother that here and there coincidence should not be expected to be found. Host of the verses cited exhibit no very close resemblance to Biblical texts and a;& only such as might naturally have occurred spontaneously to an Indian writer. And more particularly with regard to the doctrine of * faith* bhakii may be a modern term, but waddhi, in much the same sense, is found even in the hymns of the Eig Veda. A striking example of the insufficiency of mere coincidence in name and event, to establish a material connection between the legends of any two reigioaSj is afforded by the narrative of Buddha's temptation as given in the Lalita Vistara. In all such cases the metaphysical resemblance tends to prove the identity of the religious idea in all ages of the world and among all races of mankind; but any historical connection, in the absence of historical proofs is purely hypothetical. The story of the Temptation in the fourth Chapter of S. Matthew's Gospel, which was undergone after a long fast and before the commencement of oar Lord's active ministry, is exactly paralleled by the cir- cumstances of Buddha's victory over the assaults of the Evil One, after he had completed his six years of penance and before he began his public career as a national Reformer, Bat the Lalita Vistara is anterior in date to the Christian revelation, and therefore cannot have borrowed from it ; while it is also certain that the Buddhist legend can never have reached S. Matthew's ears; and there- fore any connection between the two narratives is absolutely impossible. My belief is that dl the supposed connection between Christ and Krishna is equally imsginary.